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Been out of work 4 2yrs due to downsizing. How do I explain the gap in my employment?

I've been living off my severance package, unemployment and the equity in my home but everything is either run out or about to. I've been looking and I realize some the reasons I have not found work is partly my own fault; I'm too picky, I have low self-esteem and I am dealing with my bi-polar and BPD issues. I have no credit card debt just a mortgage, utilities & food. Won't the prospective employer think I might get sick again or that my family issues may come back, if I use those excuses? I didn't take any classes or volunteer. Won't I have to prove I really was self-employed? It's hard for me to lie with a straight face although I do like the idea of saying that I took a break to evaluate my life.

Asked By: dee - 7/17/2007
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You don't have to tell a prospective employer that you are bipolar and have low self esteem... More
Answered By: Anna Lynn - 7/17/2007
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Travelling and charity work!
Answered By: Lee M - 7/17/2007
 
Tell them you were self employed.
Answered By: twv2351265 - 7/17/2007
 
Explain that you have been working for yourself or a relative that can vouch for you. I had to do the same thing. I was out of work for a year and a half. If someone is looking for a job and they pass the preliminary tests, I don't see what difference it makes as far as what you did or did not do during the last couple... More
Answered By: vfitz86 - 7/17/2007
 
Sounds like you have serious health issues. Get it. HEALTH ISSUES. Get a note from a doctor, just in case you are asked for it, and just say that after I was downsized, I suffered several health issues that prevented me from working. At this point, you cant afford to be picky any more. Take whatever comes to you... More
Answered By: babyK - 7/17/2007
 
You can say that you took some time off to devote to family issues. They don't need to know what those issues were. I have a friend in exactly the same boat only she's been out of work abt 5 yrs... More
Answered By: waterlily - 7/17/2007
 
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